PADI Divemaster Internship - Koh Tao - Thailand
2 Months | 129,000 baht
- All PADI Diving Courses from beginner to PADI Divemaster
- 2 Months Accommodation
- Your own set of professional scuba diving equipment
- All PADI Course Materials
- All Certification Fees
- Unlimited Dives during 2 month internship (expect to log about 100 dives)
Divemaster Internships Thailand: Introduction
Working as a PADI Divemaster is one of the most enjoyable positions in the scuba diving industry. On Koh Tao, Divemasters lead certified divers on underwater tours of the coral reefs and pinnacles, coordinate logistics and give briefings, and generally take on a leadership role as expert level divers.
This two month scuba diving internship trains you from beginner through to PADI Divemaster - the first professional level in the PADI system. Our internship packages together absolutely everything you need - scuba diving courses, PADI materials and fees, your own set of scuba diving gear and accommodation.
Throughout this Thailand diving internship you'll be working through PADI courses in sequence, logging many dives and as your diving skills and experience grow you'll be gradually taking on more responsibility and becoming part of the Simple Life Divers team. The best thing about taking an internship with Simple Life is that you'll be getting real hands on experience, and having a great time along the way.
Here's a breakdown of exactly what is included in this scuba diving internship:
PADI Scuba Diving Courses
This 2 month scuba diving internship takes you through PADI's diver education system in sequence, proceeding from beginner to PADI Divemaster. Here are the steps:
1. PADI Open Water Diver: Learn how to scuba dive - includes theory, a shallow water skills session and four open water dives dow to a maximum depth of 18M. Full schedule of the PADI Open Water course
2. PADI Advanced Open Water Diver: Make 5 more training dives to expand your scuba diving skills and experience into new areas of diving including deep diving (30M), underwater navigation, night diving, photography, buoyancy control and more. More on the PADI Advanced Open Water course.
3. Emergency First Responder and PADI Rescue Diver: First we make a one day CPR/First aid qualification before heading out to the water to learn how to manage and prevent scuba diving emergencies, including both surface and underwater rescue scenarios. Read more about PADI Rescue Diver Training.
4. DAN O2 Provider: Get certified to administer 100% oxygen as a emergency treatment for scuba diving related illnesses.
5. PADI Divemaster Internship: Now training steps up a gear - you'll develop expert level scuba diving theory, assist with student divers in training, be trained to guide certified divers on underwater tours, undertake watermanship and problem solving exercises, map a dive site, conduct a scuba review for a 'rusty' diver and more. You'll take on real responsibility and become part of the Simple Life dive crew. More on the PADI Divemaster internship.
In between these PADI courses and during the Divemaster training phase of the internship, you're welcome to make non-training 'fun-dives'. You'll pair up with another intern or one of our Divemasters and head out to explore the Koh Tao dive sites, simply exploring and enjoying the marine life. This is a great way to develop your navigation skills and get familiar with the dive sites.
Your own full set of Professional Scuba Diving Equipment
As part of the scuba internship you'll get your own full set of brand named, professional quality scuba diving equipment:
- Regulator Set
- Buoyancy Control Device [BCD]
- Shorty Wetsuit
- Open Heel Fins
- Wetsuit Booties
- Dive Knife
- Safety Marker Buoy
- Underwater Slate
- Underwater Compass
- Gear Bag
PADI Materials and Certification Fees
The gap year Thailand diving internship includes all the materials and certification fees required for your training, with no hidden extras. You'll receive your own copies of:
- PADI Open Water Diver Manual
- PADI Adventures in Diving Manual
- Emergency First Response Manual
- PADI Rescue Diver Manual
- PADI Divemaster Manual
- Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving
- PADI Diving Knowledge Workbook
- PADI Recreational Dive Planner (Table and electronic version)
- Emergency Management Slate
- Adventures in Diving Slate
- PADI Divemaster Cue Cards
Accommodation for Koh Tao Divemaster Internships
We'll provide you with two months accommodation as part of your Koh Tao scuba diving internship.
This will be your own place with double bed, television, fridge and en-suite western bathroom with hot water shower.
The resort we use is within very close walking distance of the Simple Life dive shop, and is used exclusively by Koh Tao diving professionals and long term interns such as yourself, so is safe, secure and social. See Koh Tao Divemaster internships accommodation.
Divemaster Internships Thailand Testimonial: Brad
Name: Bradley Ransom
From: Ashford, Kent, UK
Prior to the Divemaster Internship: Before i got to Koh Tao i was finishing off my A-Levels at Sixth Form and was working in Tesco (the most soul destroying job ever!)
Diving on Koh Tao: Chumpon Pinnacles was my favorite dive site because it was so big, so deep and of course i saw my first whale shark there :)
My dad (whilst visiting Koh Tao) somehow managed to spend 15 minutes with one at arms length whilst every DMT was in a deco theory lecture! GREAT ha-ha!
Life on Koh Tao: I'd rate Koh Tao 100 out of 10. It’s the most relaxing yet exciting places to stay and you could literally stay there forever - something new happens every day and you're never bored because there's always someone around!
I'd recommend coming alone – it’s a weird but incredible feeling being on your own the first day and then within an instant having best friends from all over the globe. I've met some amazing people and for sure will keep in contact with them for life. Although it’s no different in the experience side of things if you come with friends or whatever it will still be incredible. I can bet my life on it that it will be the best experience you will have!
Also remember mosi repellent ha-ha!
The DM Course: The first time I lead divers was an amazing experience, it was nerve racking at first knowing i had all these peoples lives in my hands basically, but after five minutes it was such a good feeling knowing that i was in charge and knew where to go and what to do so the customers were safe and had a good dive, the best part was when the divers said how much of a great dive it was after surfacing :)
The academic side of the DM training was hard on some subjects and easy on others but with Jeff as our lecturer we had no problems ha-ha! I'd probably say physics was the hardest so its best to study for that one more than others.
I did my underwater equipment exchange with Joe and Tom, it was a pretty different underwater experience and was only told after that you don't always have someone ripping off your mask and inflating your BCD, Jeff just thought it would be funny! :P Although it showed me that i could cope with pretty much anything whilst diving.
Assisting the new divers was a great feeling, knowing that you were teaching or helping to teach someone a skill that would last for life. I'll never forget my first two OW students Joe and Lucy :) Was also really nice that the students trusted you and could ask for help without hesitating.
Food and Nightlife: Food in Koh Tao is amazing and so cheap too. Some restaurants are better than others - Steve will probably tell you that our favorite place was ‘Tiks’ and that was by far the best Thai restaurant. Vitoria always have wicked western food deals, & Lung Pae is great for goodbye meals, birthdays etc and the food is unbelievably good. If you want cheap, the restaurant opposite the cabaret show does amazing pad Thai for 50 baht.
Nightlife....where do i start. I think this is where i truly earned my manhood ha-ha. Always started off with the pre-drinks, then down to choppers for a couple of beers, over to Lotus, hit A/C bar or cave then you know you've done well! So safe as well - I never had any problems. Once I slept on the beach, literally drunk as hell and woke up in the morning fine (apart from the hangover)!
Went to the Koh Phangan Full Moon Party and it was the craziest time of my life. I had absolutely no idea what was going on for three days and by the final day we didn't have time to check out and only when we were on the ferry home did i still realize i had the room key....WHOOPS!
Funny Stories: To name a few... Joe and James' drinking competition, (yanks i advise you never to drink with a Welshman!)..... Sitting in one room with twelve people watching South Park because it was raining..... Violently attacking Naomi with a sick mop, only to be paid back by Naomi and Jules covering mine and Joe's bikes with sugar, olive oil, peanuts, fish juice and lentils!
What Next Taking the dive internship has developed me in so many different ways all i can say is be open to do anything, be spontaneous and just enjoy it. Its made me even more confident especially in work and has shown me that i can teach somebody something from sctratch in a few days. As well as that having DM on my cv has interested every employer
At the minute i am working and earning money for my round the world trip that starts in January, I wish i was still in Koh Tao, its so boring here now and i do nothing but work and plan, was such an easier life on the rock i can tell you that!
More PADI Divemater Internship Info for Koh Tao:
Divemaster Internship Testimonial
Brad R: "I'd rate Koh Tao 100 out of 10. It’s the most relaxing yet exciting place to stay & you could stay forever" READ MORE
Dive Internships @ Simple Life
About Our Thailand Diving Internships
Life on Koh Tao, Thailand
Diving Internship Thailand Specifics
Paid work following a Diving Internship